Placement Testing/ACCUPLACER


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General Information


SFCC uses ACCUPLACER test scores as its primary placement tool. Placement testing is required to enroll in courses that have English, math or reading prerequisites. Test results indicate where you should begin course work in these subjects and which prerequisites you have already met. You can see the SFCC test course placement table here. Meet with an Advisor link.

Test scores older than three years cannot be used for placement purposes.

Placement testing is free for SFCC students.  Non-SFCC students need to pay an administration fee of $25 per exam on the day of the exam at the Cashier’s office prior to taking the exam(s).

Allow yourself 3-4 hours to complete the entire test (English and math) or 45-60 minutes for individual portions of the exam.

In-person testing is available by appointment Monday through Fridays from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  Masks are required.  Please bring a picture I.D. and your SFCC A#.   Book your in-person appointment link.

If you cannot test in-person please email the Testing Center at, as we have limited appointments and will do our best to work with your schedule.
If you need a copy of your placement test scores, please come by the Testing Center with a picture I.D. to request a copy or email us your request, include a photo copy of a picture I.D., Date of Birth, and  SFCC A# to 
If you would like your placement test scores to be forwarded to another institution, please provide the email for us to forward your test results to.  You can come by the Testing Center or email us your request, include a copy of your picture I.D., Date of Birth, and your SFCC # to 
Visit our office in room 611, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or call us at 505-428-1625 

Placement Test Preparation

The results of your placement test will determine which English and math courses you can take and whether you meet English and math prerequisites for other courses.  It is important, therefore, that you take the exam seriously and do your very best.  We strongly encourage you to visit the ACCUPLACER preparation page prior to testing. This page contains links to practice questions that address each section of the ACCUPLACER, designed by the CollegeBoard, the organization which sponsors the test. There is a downloadable app there to use for preparation for your test.

PrepSTEP is an online test preparation program offered FREE through the SFCC Library.  It has preparation resources for many exams including excellent materials to help students prepare for the ACCUPLACER placement exam.  To register, create your personal login and get started, visit the PrepSTEP Website.

Several excellent general math review sites are available on the Web and include:

Spanish Language Placement Test

Why take a Placement Test?

To help make sure students are placed into the Spanish level that is best for them, SFCC requires all students to take the Spanish Placement Test.

We have adopted a placement test to gauge your language ability and give a recommendation for which level Spanish you should begin with.

Do I have to study for the test?

There is no need to study for the Placement Test. It is meant to assess your language skills as they are. Do your best for the most accurate placement since it will allow you to be in the right class.

How will I be evaluated?

The WebCAPE Spanish Placement Test is a multiple-choice computerized exam that tests a student’s knowledge of Spanish at different levels of difficulty. The test is multiple-choice and covers grammar, reading, and vocabulary. It is an adaptive test, which means that the difficulty will vary depending on how you respond. Do not get discouraged if you are unfamiliar with some of the material. Make your best guess and go on to the next question.

Go here to take the placement test. click here.

Time for completion is approximately 20-40 minutes, depending upon each person’s experience and level of comfort with the language.

Upon completion of the Test, score will display immediately. 

Note: Courses are not offered every semester. Contact ( ) if you have questions regarding course offerings.

Technical issues contact IT at 505-428-1222




Spanish I – SPAN 1110


Spanish II – SPAN 1120


Spanish III – SPAN  1125 or 2110


Spanish IV –  SPAN 2120 or 2121 or 2510 or 2515 

Placement Testing for Distance Education Students

To ensure the integrity of students’ test scores and the security of ACCUPLACER tests, students are not permitted to take the ACCUPLACER exam without the presence and supervision of an approved proctor.  Distance learning students who will not be taking any courses on the SFCC campus and who cannot come to the Testing Center or use our remote proctoring service to take their placement exams will need to arrange for testing by an approved proctor at a college or university in their area.  Any proctoring fees charged by the local institution are the student’s responsibility.

1.  Before arranging to take the placement exam, complete the online SFCC application for admission.  When you complete the application you will be assigned an SFCC student ID number, what we call an “A number.”  You will need to use your A number when you sign in to your placement exam.

2.  Contact the SFCC Testing Center at 505-428-1625 to verify whether or not you are eligible for remote placement testing.

3.  After speaking with the SFCC Testing Center you may be instructed to contact the testing center of a college or university in your area to request that they proctor the ACCUPLACER exam for you.  It is NOT necessary for that institution to be an ACCUPLACER user.  To be approved as a proctor, a testing center representative must have an e-mail address and access to the Internet.

4.  Have the proctor complete the SFCC Proctor Security Agreement and fax it to the SFCC Testing Center at 505-428-1280.

5.  After receiving the completed Proctor Security Agreement, SFCC will provide the designated proctor with a password and instructions for administering the ACCUPLACER exam.

6.  Take the test at the date and time you have arranged with the proctor.

7.  Contact the SFCC Testing Center at 505-428-1625 to let us know when you have completed your test.  After you contact the Center, your scores will be entered into the SFCC database, and you will be able to discuss your scores with an academic advisor and register for classes.

Proctor Eligibility Criteria

  • Proctors must be responsible adults familiar with accepted practices for administering standardized tests.
  • Proctors may not be peers, friends or co-workers of the student.
  • Proctors may not be related to the student.
  • Proctors must have no vested interest in students’ scores.
  • Proctors may not participate in any coaching activities that address the content of the ACCUPLACER exam.
  • Proctors must be authorized by SFCC to proctor exams in an off-campus location.


Recent ACT or SAT scores may be used to determine placement:

Scores in the ACT English and Reading sections of 19 or higher OR a 24 or higher score in the SAT Critical Reading section, may enroll in ENGLISH 1110 (Composition I) or any course for which ENGLISH 109 (English Review) is a prerequisite.  In some cases, you may still be required to write an essay.

Scores in the ACT Math section between 16-23 OR 440-599 in the SAT Math section, may enroll in MATH 1215 (Intermediate Algebra) or MATH 1130 (Survey of Math).

Scores in the ACT Math section of 24 or higher OR 600 or higher in the SAT Math section, may enroll in MATH 1220 (College Algebra), or MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics).

Students may also provide unofficial transcripts to their Academic Advisor, showing math and English courses completed within the last three years. These courses may sometimes be used to determine placement.